In Relief Society this Sunday, we have the privilege of studying President Joseph Fielding Smith's teachings about the birth of the Savior. I love his testimony of Christmas, that I think sums up the entire lesson:
"We rejoice in the birth of the Son of God among men.
We are grateful for the atoning sacrifice He worked out by the shedding of His own blood.
We are thankful that He has redeemed us from death and opened the door so that we may gain eternal life.
We pray for peace on earth, for the spread of the gospel, and for the final triumph of truth.
We plead with our Father's children everywhere to join with us in doing those things which will give us all peace in this world and eternal glory in the world to come."
Please watch and consider the following and come prepared to discuss on Sunday:
- What do you do in your home to remember the Savior at Christmastime?
- Take a few minutes to watch The Nativity
- What are your thoughts and feelings about Jesus Christ's willingness to come to the world as a baby and endure the difficulties of mortality?
- Think about the connection between the Savior's birth and His Atonement. How can this understanding influence our Christmas traditions?
- What is one thing we can do to better allow the story of the Savior's birth to "permeate and influence our lives"?